ProVision Communications Secures Venture Capital Funding For A Brighter Future In Wireless Video
22nd January 2008
ProVision Communications, a spin-out from the University of Bristol, develops wireless video solutions for global clients, ranging from in-home media gateways to wireless video systems for sports and other spectator events. The company’s expertise covers most wireless standards, including WiFi, WiMAX and DVB-T.
ProVision’s technology has been proven in demanding situations and recently was successfully used to enable real-time multicast video streaming over WiFi at the 2007 World Rally Championship (WRC) Wales Rally GB. Spectators in the hospitality area were able to select from a choice of video channels showing different parts of the rally course, using WiFi enabled PDAs and smartphones equipped with ProVision’s software decoder.
Following successful demonstration of the technology, ProVision has been invited by the Government’s UK Trade & Investment export support body to showcase its wireless products at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona in February.
David Sykes, CEO of ProVision, said: “After several years as a successful consultancy working for world-leading companies such as the BBC, Mitsubishi and Sky, we have identified an outstanding market opportunity which will enable us to develop into a technology-led consumer products company.”
He continued: “We are very pleased to have secured this investment which, combined with our world class expertise in wireless video technology, means we are well-positioned to meet the challenges ahead.”
Julian Dennard, Senior Investment Manager at YFM Group, managers of the South West Ventures Fund, added: “We are very pleased to have made this investment and look forward to working closely with ProVision Communications. With increasing demand for wireless products providing ease of connectivity and installation, there is potentially a huge market for its innovative offerings.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
YFM Group - South West Ventures Fund
The YFM Group managed South West Ventures Fund is a £21m fund that has been set up to provide venture capital to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) based in the South West of England. Initial investment can be up to £330,000 with an ability to invest a further £330,000 after six months. In certain circumstances, alongside other new investors, the Fund can follow on its investments to provide a total of £2.5 million to one company. To date the fund has invested £8.1m in 25 companies.
YFM Group – is the UK’s most active investor in the small and medium enterprise marketplace. YFM Group manages in excess of £300 million of funds with investment sizes ranging from £50,000 to £5 million. Principal offices are located in Leeds, Manchester, London and Bristol with over 45 investment professionals being employed across the UK.
South West Ventures Fund is managed by YFM Venture Finance Limited part of the YFM Group. YFM Venture Finance Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
For further information about YFM Group and South West Ventures Fund, please telephone 0117 906 3410, log on to www.southwestventuresfund.co.uk or email email@example.com
To arrange an interview with South West Ventures Fund, please contact Matt Anderson or Hannah Roberts at Montage Communications on 0845 644 5404 / 07872 399 767
Alternatively please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information about ProVision Communications, please telephone 0117 971 1120, log on to www.provision-comm.com or email email@example.com
To arrange an interview with ProVision Communications, please contact Helen Duncan or Bob Jones at Publitek on 01225 470000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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